Nov 22, 2014 20:27 ET
|From the Lewiston Evening Journal - Nov 12, 1948|
"Chicago and Montreal players belted each other around with reckless abandon in the first two periods and they climaxed the rough play in the last session with a free-for-all that held up the game for at least ten minutes.
Elmer Lach of Montreal and Doug Bentley of the Hawks ignited the rhubarb with a fight. After they were separated Bill gadsby of the Hawks tangled with Lach.
The trio was banished, Bentley and Gadsby drawing majors and Lach two majors and a misconduct.
They were no sooner in the penalty box when Gadsby began flailing away at jeering spectators. Police joined in the melee and the Hawks, as a unit, leaped across the ice and pitched in."
Nov 23, 2014 13:28 ET
|From the Ottawa Citizen:|
By The Canadian Press
"MONTREAL - In one of the wildest, roughest games the Forum has seen in a long time, Montreal Canadiens last night defeated Chicago Black Hawks, 4-1, and kept pace with Boston Bruins for a second-place tie in the National Hockey League standing.
There were only spots of good hockey but there was everything else from a no-holds-barred donnybrook to a free-for-all melee with police and spectatotors at the penalty box.
The big rhubarb ending in a double major and and two other majors held up the game at least 10 minutes and climaxed reckless bumping hockey, with frequent outbursts, flaring tempers and personal feuds carried on through the game.
Up to the time of the wild outbreak the only goal of the game came in the first period when Joe Carveth scored with less than two minutes to go.
After the game blew up in the third, Canadiens with a five-four advantage in manpower rapped in three quick goals, by Normie Dassault, Riopelle and Carveth with his second of the night.
When the tables were turned and the Hawks had a man-advantage they spoiled Bill Durnan's prospective shutout. Adam Brown counted on assists from Roy Conacher and Gaye Stewart.
SQUAWKING ALL NIGHT
The Hawks were in an argumentative mood with referee Butch Keeling all night. They squawked at many decisions and at the end of the period put on a show with goal judge and time-keepers. Jim Conacher tipped in a rebound from Doug Bentley's shot that appeared to go into the net a fraction of a second after the blue light signalled the periods end.
They lost that argument too, and another in the second when the puck flew into Canadiens' net from a pile-up of Montrealers trying to save a goal by smothering the rubber. But the whistle had already blown. The big fight in the last period started when Elmer Lach flipped a jab into Doug Bentley on the boards and skated away. Bentley dropped his stick, swept in on Lach and hammered away.
As they separated, Bill Gadsby took over for Bentley and he and Lach swung lustily while rolling about the ice. Personal feuds bloomed and faded quickly during all this.
With the battles finally quelled, Lach drew a double major penalty 10 minutes plus an automatic misconduct penalty. Bentley and Gadsby each drew majors.
GADSBY BREAKS LOOSE
They were no more in the penalty box than Gadsby went berserk, flailing about him at jeering spectators. Police hopped into the fray, one cop throttling the struggling Gadsby. Hawk players hopped over the boards from the ice and took a hand. Those on the hawk bench rose as a unit, skated across and jammed their way in.
Most outstanding of the battling Hawks were Bep Guidolin, Doug McCaig, Gaye Stewart and Bentley, all swinging lustily. They were finally quieted by officials, police, spectators and a few non-bliggerent players on both teams.